Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 4 spada longa - longsword
 4.1 poste (guards)
 4.1.8 posta de dent de zenchiar, stabile1 (guard of the boar's tooth)

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Io son la forte posta de dent de zenchiar
Cum tute le guardie me son uso de prouar
I am the strong guard of the tooth of the boar
With my experience I can fashion all of the guards

Synopsis: The first line of the couplet indicates that the posta de dent de zenchiar is a "strong" guard, however, it may not actually refer to the "power" of the guard but rather its extreme flexibility in morphing into any other guard with ease and efficiency, as implied by the second line of the couplet, thus making it a very "strong" guard. It is clear that regardless of whether this guard is highly flexible or not, one does require experience and skill to be able to deploy this guard effectively.

Practical Application: This guard appears to be a variation of the guard of the iron gate, except for the fact that the point in this guard is directed more downwards, making the sword overall more vertical to the ground and aligned with the line of attack between the wielder and the zugadore. To add, the pommel is closer to the body, appearing to rest against the hip bone. With little effort on the part of the wielder, an upward thrust is entirely within the realms of possibilities, provided the distance is right. Should the wielder receive a thrust from the zugadore, using the boar's tooth, one can essentially deploy an "exchange of points" resulting in an effective deflection of the inbound thrust while positioning to deliver a thrust in return in single time. This guard can also be the source of a strike to the inbound strike and creating the opportunity to reposte with a strike to the zugadore in approximately time-and-a-half. As Fiore indicated in the couplet, this guard can easily morph into any one of the other guards presented in this section, making this a very flexible guard, and a source for conveying "misinformation" to the zugadore allowing some time to deploy a more effective offensive strategy during the engagement.

example applications/similarities
Reference Page
Fiore de' Liberi 1410 tutta porta di ferro (full iron gate)
Fiore de' Liberi 1410 meçana porta de fero (half iron gate)
Hans Talhoffer 1467 (tafel 2) Twisted Cut and Low Guard
Giacomo di Grassi 1594 The Low Ward
Giacomo di Grassi 1594 (13.3) Of the Defense of the Low Ward at Two Hand Sword

  1. stabile refers to posta that can be deployed (thrusts or cuts) simply through the extension of the hands and arms keeping footwork stationary. This info was derived from the Getty's version of Liberi's treatise.

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